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February 6, 2010

Your Tribe; Do You Know It?

Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution.
—Daily OM for Friday, 5 Feb. 2010

Source: Daily OM for Friday, 5 Feb. 2010, Finding Your Tribe; Your Allies On Life’s Journey.
> See also: Men's Work: The Chesapeake Men's Gathering.

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January 3, 2008

Living Our Own Life

We must all live our own lives, in our own time, and learn what is true for us, because very few truths prove valid for all people all the time.
—extract from DailyOm for Thursday, January 3, 2008

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Suffer And Sacrifice: False Beliefs published Thursday, January 3, 2008.

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September 2, 2007

Owls: Holders of Wisdom

In the classical Greek tradition, an owl could often be found perched on the shoulder of Athena, goddess of wisdom, while owls could ward off bad luck in Roman lore. It is in Native American mythos, however, that the owl attains its own unique identity. Owls are patient messengers, bringers of information and the holders of wisdom, and they are capable of seeing the unseen. With their keen eyesight, they can glance into the soul to discern meaning and motive, and they are totems of truth.
—extract from DailyOm for Friday, August 31, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Penetrating The Darkness: Wisdom Of The Owl published Friday, August 31, 2007.

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August 27, 2007

Heaven Longs To Be Here On Earth?

Perhaps heaven really does long to be here on earth, and perhaps that is why we are here–as conduits between the divine and the earthbound. As we drink the morning dew in with our eyes, our skin, our breath, it is easy to imagine that it really is a magical potion, a gift from heaven, a reminder of our true purpose, and a daily opportunity to be transformed.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, August 27, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM A Magical Potion: Morning Dew published Monday, August 27, 2007.

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June 4, 2007

Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Real love is identifiable by the way it makes us feel. Love should feel good. There is a peaceful quality to an authentic experience of love that penetrates to our core, touching a part of ourselves that has always been there. True love activates this inner being, filling us with warmth and light. An authentic experience of love does not ask us to look a certain way, drive a certain car, or have a certain job. It takes us as we are, no changes required. When people truly love us, their love for us awakens our love for ourselves. They remind us that what we seek outside of ourselves is a mirror image of the lover within. In this way, true love never makes us feel needy or lacking or anxious. Instead, true love empowers us with its implicit message that we are, always have been, and always will be, made of love.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, June 4, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM The Real Thing: Love Should Feel Good published Monday, June 4, 2007.

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May 17, 2007

Accept Our Family

Some families are better than others at preparing us for the world. What we learn from our families, even if they are simply blank spots on our family trees, becomes the basis of our identities as individuals. Rather than denying our connections, we can choose to accept their presence in our lives. Acceptance does not mean we have to like them; we simply acknowledge that we are connected to them and honor that connection for like it or not, there is a reason. When we can embrace all that they bring into our experience, we may be grateful for all we have learned from them and have to learn, while we experience everything that comes with family fully and completely.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Gifts From The Universe: Accepting Your Family published Thursday, May 17, 2007.

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May 3, 2007

Pleasure of Reading

The pleasure we derive from the written word is unique in that we must labor for it. Other forms of art provide us with stimulus and ask nothing more than our emotional response. Reading is an active pastime that requires an investment of emotion as well as our concentration and imagination.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, May 3, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM A Whole New World: Reading For Pleasure published Thursday, May 3, 2007.

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March 27, 2007

Found My Tribe

Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.
—extract from the DailyOM for Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Your Allies On Life's Journey: Finding Your Tribe published Tuesday, March 27, 2007.
⇒ This entry is in honor of my tribe, the men of the Buffalo Gap Annual Gathering and the Men's Council of Greater Washington, see MensWork.org. Thank you, Brothers all, for being my tribe. I am honored to be included.

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February 22, 2007

Living Peacefully With the Past

In order to live more peacefully with the past, it helps to remember that once we know better, we tend to do better. Prior to knowing, we generally do our best, and while it's true that from the perspective of the present, our best doesn't always seem good enough, we can at least give our past selves the benefit of the doubt. We did our best with what knowledge we had. Beyond this, we serve the greater good most effectively by not dwelling on the past, instead reigning our energy and knowledge into our present actions. It is here, in this moment, that we create our reality and ourselves anew, with our current knowledge and information.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM The Past In Light Of The Present: Knowing Better Now published Thursday, February 22, 2007.

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February 7, 2007

Not Always Easy

Some of our goals and dreams come to fruition so easily that it is as if an unseen hand has done much of the work for us. When this happens, we say it must have been meant to be. On the other hand, when dreams and goals require a tremendous amount of effort, we may interpret this to mean that our dream is not meant to be. However, difficulty is not necessarily a sign that our hopes and plans are ill-fated. On the contrary, difficulties and challenges along the path can be important parts of the project's overall meaning.
—extract from the DailyOM for Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Not Always Easy: Meant To Be published Wednesday, February 7, 2007.

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February 5, 2007

My History

Each of us is a piece of a larger puzzle. We are all born into the unique and complex network of individuals, settings, and circumstances that constitute our heritage. Whether or not you are aware of your ancestors, you family's country of origin, the cultural history of your people, or the trials faced by the people responsible for bringing you into the world, these forces have had a hand in shaping your values. Knowing your family history and reflecting often upon your own personal history as it relates to your heritage empowers you to look at your life in a larger historical context and to understand that you are a vital part of an ongoing drama greater than yourself.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, February 5, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Unearthing Your Roots: Knowing Your History published Monday, February 5, 2007.

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January 11, 2007

Being Lost and Trusting

Learning to be okay with being lost and trusting that we will be guided, we begin our journey.

We can support ourselves by confirming that we donít need to know exactly where we are going in order to take our first steps. We are learning to feel our own way, rather than following an established path, and in doing so we learn to trust ourselves. It is this trust that connects us to the universe and reminds us that no matter how lost we feel, and even as we journey, on the inner level we are already home.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, January 11, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Uncharted Territory:Feeling Lost published January 11, 2007.

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December 22, 2006

We Are Family

Acknowledging how close we all are, instead of clinging to what separates us, enables us to feel less alone in the world. Every person we meet, see, hear, or read about, is a member of our family. We are truly not alone. We also begin to see that we are perfectly capable of understanding and relating to people who, on the surface, may seem very different from us. This awareness prevents us from disconnecting from people on the other side of the tracks, and the other side of the world. We begin to understand that we must treat all people for what they areófamily.
—extract from the DailyOM for Friday, December 22, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM We Are Family: Humanity published December 22, 2006
This thought is particularly profound to me, since we are spending Christmas with our Daughter, Son-in-Law, and our two Grandsons in Bandung, Indonesia. People seem so different, yet still the same, half way around the world from our home in Washington State USA!

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November 24, 2006

Life: Your Teacher

The people and situations we encounter every day have much to teach us when we are open to receiving their wisdom. Often we don't recognize our teachers because they may not look or act like our idea of a guru, yet they may embody great wisdom. In addition, some people teach us by showing us what we don't want to do. All the situations in our lives, from the insignificant to the major, conspire to teach us exactly what we need to be learning at any given time. Patience, compassion, perseverance, honesty, letting go-all these are covered in the classroom of the teacher that is your life.
—extract from the DailyOM for Friday, November 24, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Life: Your Perfect Teacher published November 24, 2006

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November 17, 2006

Choose to Love Life

By choosing to love life no matter what crosses your path, you can create an atmosphere of jubilance that is wonderfully infectious. A change in perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you must be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set.
—extract from the DailyOM for Friday, November 17, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Making Life Yours: Perception published November 17, 2006

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November 3, 2006

Gentleness and Strength

Throughout life we must cope with blockages that impede our forward momentum. Whether these obstacles are of a personal, professional, or societal nature, our first instinct may be to push against the obstruction. But the simplest way to alleviate resistance is to approach it gently, with a soft manner and kind intentions. Struggle and strife can find no foothold when confronted with mildness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces. So many areas of our lives can benefit from the application of gentleness. The beauty of gentleness lies in its multifaceted nature. It is part love, part compassion, part patience, part understanding, and part respect for others. When we move through life gently as a matter of course, we naturally attract these wonderful elements into our lives.
—extract from the DailyOM for Friday, November 3, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM A Softer Touch: Apply Gentleness To Everything published November 3, 2006

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October 30, 2006

Contracting Before Expanding

Sometimes our lives contract before they expand. We may be working hard on ourselves spiritually, doing good in the world, following our dreams, and wondering why we are still facing constrictions of all kinds-financial, emotional, physical. Perhaps we even feel as if we've lost our spirituality and are stuck in a dark room with no windows. We may be confused and discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress. But sometimes this is the way things work. Like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we are experiencing the darkness before the dawn.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, October 30, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Going Through The Opening: Contracting Before Expanding published October 30, 2006

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October 5, 2006

Honesty and Truth

When we promise more than we can deliver, hide from the consequences of our actions through falsehoods, or deny our true selves to others, we hurt those who were counting on us by proving that their faith was wrongly given. We are also hurt by the lies we tell and the promises we break. Integrity is the foundation of civilization, allowing people to live, work, and play side by side without fear or apprehension.
—DailyOM for Thursday, October 5, 2006

Source: DailyOM Power In Honesty: Staying True to Your Word published October 5, 2006

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September 20, 2006

On Being Flexible

Flexibility is the capacity to bend without breaking, as well as a continual willingness to change or be changed in order to accommodate new circumstances. People with flexible minds are open to shifting their course when necessary or useful; they are not overly attached to things going the way they had planned. This enables them to take advantage of opportunities that a more rigid person would miss out on. It can also make life a lot more fun. When we are flexible, we allow for situations we could not have planned, and so the world continues to surprise and delight us.
—Daily Om, excerpt

Source: Daily OM for Wednesday, September 20, 2006, for the complete meditation.

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September 15, 2006

Walking Through: When Doors Open

When a door opens, walk through it. Trust that the door has opened for a reason and you have been guided to it. Sometimes we have a tendency to overanalyze or agonize over the decision, but it is quicker to simply go through the door and discover what's there as that's the only way to know. Even if it doesn't seem right at first, opening this door may lead to another door that will take us where we need to go.
—Daily Om, excerpt

Source: Daily OM for September 15, 2006, for the complete meditation.

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June 14, 2006

Unconditional Gift: Kindness

In the quest to create a gentler, more loving world, kindness is the easiest tool we can use. Though it is easy to overlook opportunities to be kind, our lives are replete with situations in which we can be helpful, considerate, thoughtful, and friendly to loved ones and associates, as well as strangers. The touching, selfless acts of kindness that have the most profoundly uplifting effects are often the simplest: a word of praise, a gentle touch, a helping hand, a gesture of courtesy, or a smile. Such small kindnesses represent an unconditional, unrestricted form of love that we are free to give or withhold at will. When you give the gift of kindness, whether in the form of assistance, concern, or friendliness, your actions create a beacon of happiness and hope that warms people's hearts.

The components of kindness are compassion, respect, and generosity. Put simply, kindness is the conscious act of engaging others in a positive way without asking whether those individuals deserve to be treated kindly.
—DailyOm for Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Source: Online DailyOm for Wednesday, June 14, 2006
It is Flag Day in the USA, and the 55th anniversary of my mom's, Minna, naturalization as an American citizen.
See also USFlag.org's History of Flag Day that celebrates the resolution adopted by the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777 that adopted the stars and stripes as America's national flag.

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May 9, 2006

To All Who Support Us, Grateful Thanks

As we take the time to acknowledge everyone that has ever supported us, we can't help but feel grateful. Understanding our place in our human support system helps us see that just as there are people that support us, we are a supporter to many people. By gratefully accepting the expertise and assistance of our supporters, we can consciously and more easily build a life that we love. Thanks to our staff, groups, friends, and loved ones for all their support. We all need each other's support to thrive [in] this world.
—DailyOM for May 8, 2006

Source: DailyOm, May 8, 2006 The Power Behind Us: People That Support Us

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October 10, 2005

Obstacles in Our Way

When our next best course of action seems unclear, any dilemmas we face can appear insurmountable. Yet there is nothing we cannot overcome with time, persistence, focused thought, help, and faith. Whatever the situation or problem, there is always a solution. And if you remember to look within, even as you search around you for the "right" course of action, you will be able to center yourself, clear your mind, and see that nothing has to be impossible.
—Daily OM for Monday, October 10, 2005

Source: DailyOm, October 10, 2005 Overcoming Obstacles: Nothing Is Insurmountable

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August 23, 2005

Fellowship is Joyful

Take time to enjoy the community of others.

Fellowship is a joyful part of being alive, though easy to neglect in this busy world. Make time to spend with close friends or people who share your interests. Talking to a special friend can be therapeutic while gathering in a group can be a potent stress reliever. Remember, shared joys are increased while shared pain is lessened.
—Daily OM for Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Source: DailyOm, Aug. 23, 2005 Steps In The Right Direction: Tools For Balance

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July 26, 2005

Live Your Truth

The authentic you is your true self and, in living authentically, you live your truth, making time for the things you love and projecting who you really are. The simplest way to live your truth is to leave the expectations of other behind and live the way you feel most worthwhile.
—DailyOM for Tuesday, July 26, 2005

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May 24, 2005

Sharing Wisdom: Becoming a Mentor

There are many kinds of mentors and though we may feel intimidated by the responsibility, it is a role we should embrace. We are here on earth to learn and to pass on life's lessons to others. Whether we mentor someone throughout their life with guidance and counsel or for just a moment by letting someone confide in us, we are doing a valuable service. When someone reaches out, take their hand. They are saying that they trust your wisdom.
—DailyOm for Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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Today, May 24, 2005, would have been the 58th birthday of my late wife, Maureen. She passed away from complications from cholangiocarcinoma August 15, 2005, shortly after her 50th birthday. I learned much about life, love, cancer, friends, family and my character sharing life with her for just over 27 years of marriage. Altogether, we knew each other for 31 years. I honor her life, in spite of my still harboring some very unpleasant memories of my experiences with her. I do pray she has found peace and forgiveness on the other side of the veil. I forgive her for the injuries she inflicted upon me, both emotionally and physically. I pray that our daughter, Jennifer, may one day be moved to reconciliation with me.

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May 18, 2005

Moving to a New Phase

You have a right to choose to surround yourself with those people who understand you, are helpful and compassionate, and put you at ease.
—DailyOM of 18 May 2005

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October 19, 2004

Let Me Walk In Beauty

Native American Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me.
I am a man before you, one of your many children - I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people - the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy - myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset my spirit may come to you without shame.
- Native American Prayer
Translated by Chief Yellow Lark in 1887
Native American Missionary and Medicine Man
Lakota Tribe

Source: myDaily OM: Nurturing Mind Body and Spirit, for October 19, 2004, Let Me Walk In Beauty: Native American Prayer.

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